Review: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

There can be few experiences quite so exquisite as being in the front row while a world-class orchestra blasts Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’. From the moment the hellish conflict of wind and brass gave way to the menacing, soft stirring of the violins, a smile was painted on my face that refused to shift…

The Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially if you have had a chance to stop by the Exeter Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green this month. if you do decide to drop by, come with an appetite because there’s a variety of food, sweets and more to indulge in. When you first enter…

Review: Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island @ Cavern

Think of Bon Iver, Kanye, Frank Ocean and 70s disco, all different genres, but imagine them in one song. In this budding age of music, it is hard to find anything original and unique. However, I discovered a new mix of authenticity when I went to see Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island in Cavern. This…

Review: Sunked

As my friends and I took our seats, cocktails in hand, to watch Chris White’s Sunked at the Bike Shed Theatre on Saturday 18th November, we weren’t sure what to expect. From my previous meeting with Chris, we knew it would be a combination of spoken word and comedy, and would centre around the theme…

Review: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts @ Exeter Phoenix

I rushed into the venue 10 minutes late and found myself on an empty dance floor. In the shadows was a lone DJ, not mentioned in the program, who I had never before heard of. As someone who was expecting Krafty Kuts, or even The Correspondents straight out of the gate, being taken to one…

Preview: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

Featuring arguably the three greatest Russian composers in history, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have set themselves the ambitious task of bringing the music of all three together in one concert, tonight. These are a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s fifth symphony. This…

Review: Dogfight

Peter Duchan’s Dogfight is by no means an easy musical to tackle. The best way to describe it would be a play with an identity crisis, its complexity making it difficult to align with a particular genre. Dogfight tells the tale of a group of American marines on the eve of shipment to fight in…

Exhibition Review: Visible Girls Revisited @ Exeter Phoenix

Everyone has those dreadfully embarrassing teenage pictures that you and your friends snapped in your bedroom at 14-years-old. Now you keep them under lock and key in a box in the bottom of your wardrobe because, for some reason, you just can’t get rid of them. Every time they resurface they bombard you with memories…

Preview: Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister @ Exeter Phoenix

Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister – modern English Folk music artists – are headlining the Exeter Phoenix on the Friday 8th December. The two bands have come together after realising that teaming up on this ‘Double Trouble Tour’ would allow them to play at bigger venues, and expand their audience capabilities. So, if you…

Preview: Dr. Martens Customisation with Flavia Verda This Sunday

The new Dr. Martens store in Exeter, that opened with a successful bash just last month, will be hosting a free in-store activity on Sunday 3rd December. Following the success of their launch which featured the Black Foxxes and the Muncie Girls, this latest event will feature renowned local tattoo artist, Flavia Verda, who will be…

Get the Look for Less: That 70s Show

In recent years, the fashion industry has drawn inspiration for garments of today from various past decades. The 1980s and 1990s have reappeared again and again, and now the style of the 1970s has weaved its way into 2017, forging itself as the frontrunner for Autumn/Winter. Designers such as Prada, Miu Miu and Calvin Klein…

Review: Deaf Havana @ The Lemon Grove

Norfolk rock band, Deaf Havana, played the last of their thirteen UK tour dates in our very own The Lemon Grove on Saturday 25th November, before jetting off to spend the next few weeks touring Germany. With recently reworked versions of songs taken from their fourth album, All These Countless Nights, which was released in…

Preview: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts Concert @ Exeter Phoenix

I listened to The Correspondents’ first album Puppet Loosely Strung again recently so I could try describe what they sound like. It is something like a flamboyant Broadway actor bemoaning a failed love affair in an empty portion of the London Underground. The songs start out like retro swing only to twist out into snare-heavy…

Review: BSO ‘Smooth Classics’ Performance @ The Great Hall

If, by any chance, you were attending the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Smooth Classics’ concert after reading my preview, you would have been as surprised as I was to read the programme and discover that my preview was entirely useless to you. The final running order bears no resemblance to the order I had advertised, and…

Review: Home is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire

Recently published by Impress Books, a local Exeter publishing house, Magdalena McGuire’s debut novel also won their Impress Prize for New Writers in 2016, and is a captivating and powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the twentieth-century Communist state. Telling the story of Ania, an art student in Wroclaw, McGuire’s novel paints a…

Review: The Kite Runner at Exeter Northcott

The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a writer living in San Francisco, who fled the Soviet regime in Afghanistan as a child. Adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel of the same name, this coming of age story follows Amir from his happy childhood as the son of a wealthy business man in Kabul,…

Find Your Ideal Look This Winter…

Winter is terrifying for someone who loves sun-kissed skin and warm humid afternoons. Winters in the UK can be disorienting for someone who is used to pleasant weather during this time of year. Not everyone has an appetite for winter, but the comfort of a warm coat can eventually make you fall in love with…

Review: JAWS @ Exeter Phoenix

Birmingham-based indie band JAWS, known for their laid-back, dreamy surf rock, brought the tour for their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Simplicity to Exeter on Sunday 19th  November, playing to an intimate but exuberant crowd at the Phoenix. Support came from indie rockers Trash, and all-female Scandinavian band Nelson Can. Emerging confidently onto the stage to the…

Autumn in Exeter – A Photography Collection

Once again, Razz’s Erin Coyle ventures out into the Autumn season to capture some wonderful images of this changing season, providing some much needed warmth at the end of this icy week.     – by Erin Coyle

Preview: The Festive Fore Street Flea Market

One of my favourite things about studying in Exeter is that there is a real sense of local pride in the city itself. From farmers markets to craft fairs; the locals of Exeter are conscious that the community needs to come together to support and nurture local produce and talent, including students and non-students. Indie Exeter…

Preview: BSO Concert ‘Smooth Classics’ 23rd November @ The Great Hall

The theme for this week’s concert performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, departing from the performance of entire symphonic works of previous weeks, assembles a palette of composers to create a varied programme. The immortal melodies of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’, Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’, and Dvořák’s ‘Symphony No. 9’ or ‘New World Symphony’ will all…

Preview: Newton Faulkner @ The Lemon Grove

Newton Faulkner, the singer-songwriter from Surrey, is probably best known for his iconic fiery dreadlocks and his laid-back acoustic style. Once pegged the “Jack Johnson of the UK”, it’s difficult to believe it’s been a whopping ten years since he came onto the UK music scene, capturing a generation of folk-pop lovers and topping the…

Review: Matt Forde

A highlight of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Matt Forde is one of Britain’s up and coming comedians. He’s made numerous appearances on TV shows like The One Show and Mock the Week, as well as his own show Unspun. And for a good reason – Forde is a master comic. I went to see…

Review: The Vaudevillians @ Exeter Northcott Theatre

Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent – Jinkx Monsoon brings these very qualities, all which helped her claim the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar in 2013, to her outstandingly camp and funny performance in The Vaudevillians. It tells the story of Kitty Witless and her husband, Dr Dan von Dandy, a couple from the 1920s,…

Review: Twelfth Night (or What You Will)

Sun and Moon Theatre’s fantastic production of Twelfth Night: A display of the importance of retaining hope and laughter in the darkest of times From the offset, this production of Twelfth Night is poignant like few others. A beautifully performed combination of war-time tunes and Christmas classics introduce the play, but Viola sits in a…

Winter Recipes: Spiced Apple Cake and Gingerbread

Nothing says Christmas quite like the smells of ginger and cinnamon wafting through your house! This moist apple cake and gingerbread recipe will make the most perfect winter treats! Spiced Apple Cake   Vegetarian Serves: 12, baking time: 1 hour Ingredients 300g plain white flour 1 level teaspoon of baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons of…

Interview: Artistic Directors of the Sun and Moon Theatre Company

This week Razz had the great privilege of interviewing Melissa Barrett and David Johnson, Artistic Directors of the Sun and Moon Theatre Company, Exeter Alumni, and play the lead roles of Viola and Sebastian in their latest production of Twelfth Night. 1. For people that are unfamiliar with the play, could you give a quick…

Review: Ballet Boyz – Fourteen Days

The concept behind ‘fourteen days’ is simple – four choreographers are paired up with four composers and are given fourteen days to create new pieces of dance and music, all centred around the concept of balance and imbalance. This experiment in the artistic process formed the first half of the performance, and the results are…

Get the Look for Less: The Velvet Touch

It feels as if velvet never really left the high street. It has been everywhere since the trend started, taking on any form of clothing with designers trying to think of new ways to make it great again. However, this Autumn, velvet doesn’t seem as tired and boring as it may have seemed in the…

Dr. Martens Store Opening in Exeter!

What comes to mind when you think of Docs? The punk rockers, festival-goers, alternative bunch? Or maybe originality, non-conformism, rebelling. To me, Docs are just an embodiment of self expression, and at it’s most simple – really great shoes. The history and groove of the label is pretty much tangible when you walk into the…

Review: R.E.M. 25th Anniversary Album

Back in 1992 when R.E.M released their 8th studio album, Automatic for the People, they were already relatively old-hands in the music business. It was a time when grunge reigned supreme, following the success of Pearl Jam’s Ten, the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the marriage of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. At the other…

Review: Reputation by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s latest album was released early on Friday morning. It follows months of her silence on the series of fickle celebrity dramas that confronted the singer in 2016. So, when the first sounds we hear on the album are of deep bass and a throat clearing, it becomes immediately clear that Swift is a…

Preview: JAWS @ Exeter Phoenix

Indie rock trio Jaws will be touring their second album, Simplicity, this autumn, coming to Exeter Phoenix on Sunday 19th November. The Birmingham-based band have recently released the music video for their current single ‘Cast’, featuring footage shot on their latest UK tour, and if the exuberant reaction of their loyal fans shown in this…

Review: Dardanus

The English Touring Opera has brought to this country, for the first time, Rameau’s 1744 Dardanus. This is the revised version, the ‘Critic’s Cut’, following the scathing reviews of the earlier 1739 Paris premiere. Entirely reworking the libretto of the final three acts, the later version of the work not only provides a narrative continuity…

Review: Shell Shock

Shell Shock, performed at the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Sunday 5th November, is an account of what happens when the war is over and a soldier is forced to return to ‘normality’. Based on Neil Watkin’s autobiographical novel of the same name, this play presents a realistic and shocking portrayal of the very prevalent and…

Review: The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin – is it anti-commie propaganda? A warning against the effects of an embittered boys’ club? Or Armando Iannucci’s newest period comedy? In this writer’s modest opinion, it’s all of the above. Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep) is back with a tale of elite Russian politicians scheming, plotting, and conspiring their…

Razz’s Favourite Winter Recipes

Some favourite go-to meals for those cold, rainy, winter evenings. Winter veg curry Serve vegetarian, or add a meat of your choice. Serves: 4, cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients Olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 sticks of celery, chopped Thumb-sized piece of ginger, chopped 2 teaspoons of cumin 1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder 1/2…

Sancho’s Second Store Opening!

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of representing Razz at the Sancho’s Dress press evening before the grand opening of their new store this Saturday 11th November. The owners, Kalkidan and Vidmantas, both Exeter graduates, are a bright and intelligent couple who genuinely care about improving the fashion industry and making a difference. I…

Review: People, Places & Things

People, Places & Things is an intense 2 ½ hour tumble through a world of addiction, depression and atonement, chasing broken actor Emma (or is it Sarah? Or Nina?) as she tries to navigate today’s instability and chaos. Following a sold-out season at the National Theatre and extended season on London’s West End, People, Places…

Razz’s Autumn Reads

Summer is well and truly behind us, but it appears we are only just beginning to embrace the new season. Yes, it’s time to stop posting Summer holiday throwbacks on Instagram and time to get excited about Autumn before the Christmas festivities are sprung upon us as prematurely as ever. For us students, this time…

Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh has directed an all-star cast in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, whilst donning an ostentatious bristly moustache that looks more like a kitchen broom to take on the lead role of meticulous detective Hercule Poirot. Attempting to take a few day’s holiday to relax and read his Dicken’s book, he boards…

Review: Halloween Haunted House @ Timepiece

Having been to Timepiece before, I knew what a nice venue it was. However, the majority of the time, they had been sports nights with the lacrosse club so it was refreshing to see the club in a spookier setting. Like most nights at Timepiece, the queues were variable but upstairs wasn’t open till 10pm…

Preview: Ciaran Austin and Cantaloupe Island @ Exeter Cavern

This Monday, something exciting is happening at Exeter Cavern… …Ciaran Austin and Cantaloupe Island are performing their very first headlining gig here on our doorstep. A student band playing a mixture of soul, R&B, and hip-hop music, adapted for live performance, their debut is a show to not be missed. The group has been championed…

Preview: Dr. Martens Official Launch

Opening six new stores across the UK and Ireland, Dr. Martens has finally arrived in Exeter! On the 27th October, Dr. Martens opened the doors to their new store on Exeter’s High Street and will be hosting an official opening celebration on Wednesday 8th November for press and customers. The event will be covered by…

Get the Look for Less: Suits You!

A suit has long been a powerful emblem in a woman’s wardrobe. From Coco Chanel shaping the modern woman in 1914, to 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent developed le smoking, the first tuxedo deigned for women. Throughout the 20th Century, the suit adapted itself to the women of the time, and now, its moment has…

An International Student in Exeter

Being an international student from the United States, everyone assumes I had no problems transitioning to my new lifestyle here in Exeter, but that’s not true! Even though we speak the same language, there are still some differences that I’ve been getting used to. I had a great first impression when I arrived and realized…

Review: Call Me by Your Name

If I were to choose one word to describe this film, it would have to be ‘emotive’. Call Me by Your Name, based on the novel by André Aciman, sets its scene in the summer of 1983 in a tranquil and familial setting of Italy, in which Elio, the son of a professor, is presented…

A Horror Story

I used to believe in the ghost stories. When you’re a child, you lap up every word that drips from the lips of adults. It’s only when you’re a grown-up yourself that you realise that their words can be laced with deceit. I guess that it was an easy way to explain the sounds in…